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“Good skiing”
Review of Big Boulder

Big Boulder
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Owner description: The first commercial ski resort in Pennsylvania offers a wide variety of outdoor sports and recreation for all ages and skill levels.
Reviewed March 14, 2013

Both, Big Boulder and Jack Frost have nice, well groomed slopes. Both are good for families with children. Big Boulder is not too challenging, but Jack Frost has a few a little more difficult slopes for more advanced skiers.

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Reviewed February 14, 2013

This place is a complete waste of money. If you've never been skiing before it might be OK. The blue slopes were barely green level and the black diamonds were really medium blues at best. The runs are VERY short and the lifts are VEY small (many are only 2 seaters) and VERY slow.

I went there on Valentines Day with my Daughter. Tried to use a BOGO coupon they put out on on Facebook. They wouldn't accept it because I had it on my phone and not printed out on a piece of paper. Unfortunately, I didn't think to bring a printer along on my vacation, this being 2013, and not 1990. There are too many other, better options in the area to get crappy service like that and ever go back. They also charge $10 for kids 4 and under. Every place I have ever been to gives a free ticket for 5 and under with purchase of an adult ticket. not a good way to encourage future customers.

There are lots of other options just a short drive away. If you've never been to to a ski mountain before I guess you wouldn't know the difference. If you actually like to ski, save yourself some frustration (and money if use Liftopia) and go to Camelback or Blue Mountain. Real mountains with real trails.

2  Thank jlcalbre
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Reviewed February 12, 2013

We visited Big Boulder during a non-holiday three day weekend. We truly enjoyed the skiing because it was not crowded and there seem to be a million employees all willing to help.

It snowed the day before our arrival snow we had fresh snow mixed with man-made snow, which was not bad at all for skiing. The crowd was civil and the employees did not avoid questions like most resorts. The prices were great for what we got, but if you are only going to go snowboarding, do not buy a ski pass, we learned the hard way. One of my kids just snowboarder for an entire day and never rode the ski lifts the entire day and yet they try to convince you to buy a lift pass.

One of the great things that was cool is that, if you buy a ski lift pass the snow tubing fee was only $10 versus a normal price of $28.

One thing that you need to know is that Jack Frost and Big Boulder are not close to one another like people would have you believe. They are 20-25 minutes apart. Camelback ski resort is the same distance from Big Boulder.

The snowboarding was pretty decent considering the lack of snow this winter and it was never really crowded the entire weekend.

The snow tubing was interesting, they only had four tubing lanes open when we arrived, which was adequate for the early crowd. When the noon crowd arrived the open four more lanes, but those four lanes are not directly next to the first four, but only 20 feet away. The kicker is that if you use any of the left most lanes the walk back to the tube lift is more like 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile versus a normal 30 foot walk.

Big Boulder is a lot better than Jack Frost, but Jack Frost has better eating options. The prices are the about the same at both, but off resort housing is more plentiful at Big Boulder.

I would not go to JFBB for tubing or snowboarding, go to Snowshoe or Wisp, and Wisp is a dump.
We did like Seven Springs compared to the above mentioned three and those three Are a lot better than Camelback.


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Reviewed February 12, 2013

While vacationing in December we decided to take our kids snow tubing. We went to jack frost first but then were told the snow tubes were closed and we needed to go to big boulder. The day before had snowed about two inches and they were calling for more. When we got there we purchased face snuggles since the temperature was in the low 20's but feel was like single digits. We purchased the three hour ticket (I thought you could go at anytime but its set times 10-1, 1-4 etc). We waited in the very tiny snack shop you could barely move and since it was really cold outside it was packed, we purchased some hamburgers that they were grilling outside, they were okay not great and too expensive. I would bring snacks next time. When it was time we got our tubes and got on the conveyor carpet that took us up the hill the kids thought that was awesome. There was four lanes to choose from. We first went down together and it was great we flew down, it took us 25 minutes to get to go again after the ride up and standing in line at the top. We decided to go down separately at this time it had started snowing really hard and you couldn't even see in front of your face. We each got stuck and had to get up and run to get going again. We all went up again about same amount of time to get to go again people were getting stuck in the lanes at this point so we decided to tie together again, didn't work we got stuck like three times and one of us would run and push we finally got out and walked to end. It was still snowing pretty hard and kids were cold so we decided to leave. I think the fresh snow slowed down the slopes if it wasn't for that we would have stayed longer.

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Reviewed January 24, 2013

The kids went tubing and had a ball - the baby had to use his own tube but we connected him to his mom and he kept on saying that he wanted to go - again and again

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